The kids are out of school and July is right around the corner. Summer is here and many of us in Bakersfield, California are just trying to stay cool and make it through the season without spending too much. With temperatures soaring well above 100⁰, the summer months can be hard on homeowners and renters alike.  Summer electricity bills can easily top $300 and can put a dent in any wallet.

While these summer temperatures may put some serious heat on your family’s budget, it is possible to make it through a Bakersfield summer without spending a fortune. Lessen the financial burden and take advantage of these easy cost-saving activities this summer season. Your family, and your wallet will thank you later.

1. Cook Up Savings in the Kitchen

For most families, summertime means fewer scheduled evening activities. With a more laid-back schedule, it is the perfect time to cook more meals at home. From the garden to the grill, there are an abundance of recipes that are healthy, tasty and light on your wallet. Check out these 16 quick summer recipes under $3 per serving.

Try a local farmer’s market for fresh produce at a great price, or if you have a green thumb, consider planting your own vegetable garden. A vegetable garden can be a fun family project that yields fresh ingredients, along with significant savings on your grocery bill.

2. Enjoy Simple Entertainment

With less scheduled activities comes more free time for the kids. Luckily, you don’t have to spend big bucks for expensive vacations and outings. Think about family game nights, camping and other outdoor activities to entertain the kids during the season. Here are 30 simple summer activities that your kids and your wallet will enjoy

3. Have the Kids Contribute

Until the 1990s, 45-60% of teenagers had summer jobs. Today, only about 25% work during the summer. Not only will your budget benefit from your teens not asking you for summer spending money, but you will be teaching your kids the value of earning and managing their own money. Plus, work experience is an excellent addition to a college resume.

Here are 12 summer job opportunities that are perfect for teenagers.

There are plenty of ways to relieve your wallet when the kids are out of school. Use these summer savings tips to have fun with the family, take the heat off your spending and pay down some of your debt. Summer fun doesn’t have to come at the expense of your financial well-being.

If your debt is overwhelming and you are seeking a financial fresh start, contact Max Gardner, an experienced Bakersfield Bankruptcy attorney at 661-888-4335 for a free initial consultation.  

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